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Verse of the Day (September 23, 2020)

Verse of the Day (September 23, 2020) #BMSeminary – {vv. 1-5} Justified by faith (lit., “because we have been justified by faith”): It was God’s doing, not man’s. Peace with God: This is not a feeling but a standing. God and the believer are no longer at enmity but have been reconciled (cf. 5:10, 11; 2 Cor. 5:18). This is a primary result of our justification. Access: We can come directly into the presence of God. Jesus Christ is not only our Redeemer, but He is also our Advocate. By Him we gain entrance and acceptance before the Father (cf. 1 John 2:1, 2). Wherein we stand: This is the answer to the psalmist’s question: “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Ps. 130:3). Rejoice (lit., “we boast”) in hope denotes the absolute certainty the believer has of God’s deliverance. [KJV Study Bible, HarperCollins]

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Verse of the Day (September 22, 2020)

Verse of the Day (September 22, 2020) #BMSeminary – {vv. 1-7} This section continues the theme of Romans 14: gospel faith produces maximal regard for the good of others, not a relentless drive toward self-satisfaction through self-justification (15:1–2). Christ forwent his own rights and dignity so that salvation might come to others, in keeping with Old Testament prophecy (v. 3). These same Scriptures, the Bible upon which Jesus relied, are a primary source for Christian perseverance, direction, and resilience (v. 4). The Old Testament, Paul says, was written, ultimately, so that “we might have hope” (v. 4). The whole Bible is a message of hope, not, in the first instance, of demand. This section concludes with a glorious vision of the nature, activity, and agenda that can and should characterize every church (vv. 5–7). [Gospel Transformation Study Bible]

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Verse of the Day (September 21, 2020)

Verse of the Day (September 21, 2020) #BMSeminary – In his concluding benediction, Paul provides one of the clearest expressions in the New Testament on the doctrine of the Trinity. The deity of the Son, of the Father, and of the Holy Spirit are affirmed by virtue of their relation to one another. The distinctive personalities of each are implied by the independent activity denoted in the threefold operation of grace, love, and communion. [KJV Study Bible, HarperCollins]

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Verse of the Day (September 20, 2020)

Verse of the Day (September 20, 2020) #BMSeminary – Happy Lord’s Day! {autumn and spring rains} Rather than using rivers like the neighboring Egyptians (the Nile) and Mesopotamians (the Tigris and Euphrates), Israel depended on rain to provide water to irrigate its fields (Lev 26:4). The early autumn rains in September-October softened the soil for plowing after the summer dry season, while the later spring rains allowed spring and summer crops to mature. They both are God’s blessing (Jer 5:24). [Zondervan Study Bible]

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Verse of the Day (September 19, 2020)

Verse of the Day (September 19, 2020) #BMSeminary – {corrupting talk} The word for “corrupting” refers to that which is foul or rotten, such as spoiled fruit or putrid meat. Foul language of any sort should never pass a Christian’s lips, because it is totally out of character with his new life in Christ (see Col. 3:8; James 3:6–8; cf. Ps. 141:3). {good for building up} The Christian’s speech should be instructive, encouraging, uplifting (even when it must be corrective), and suited for the moment (cf. Prov. 15:23; 25:11; 24:26). {grace to those who hear} Cf. Col. 4:6. Because believers have been saved by grace and kept by grace, they should live and speak with grace. Our Lord set the standard (Luke 4:22). [MacArthur Study Bible]